Obesity is a significant risk factor for many chronic conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has found that excess weight is convincingly associated with increased risk of adenocarcinoma of the esophagus, colon and rectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer, and, in women, endometrial and postmenopausal breast cancers. Considerable evidence suggests that excess weight also may be associated with increased risk of other cancers, including gallbladder, liver, thyroid, and hematopoietic cancers. While incidence rates for many cancers are declining, the incidence rates for several cancers associated with obesity are increasing.

Although many factors influence rates of obesity and overweight, sugary drinks play a significant role. Sugary drinks have become a regular and large contributor of calories to our daily diet. The added calories from sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are strongly associated with weight gain and obesity.

The following resources provide additional information about the association between obesity and cancer:

Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2008, Featuring Cancer Associated with Excess Weight and Lack of Sufficient Physical Activity

Obesity and Cancer Risk

Obesity and Cancer

The following resources provide additional information about decreasing consumption of sugar sweetened beverages to reduce obesity: